Travelfish correspondent Sarah Turner
Sarah's South East Asia expedition started in 2009, when she packed up her company, home and beloved car and left South West London with her boyfriend and a vague plan to travel and then live in the region. Whilst travelling they both fell in love with Hanoi, and seven months, seven countries, a few scars and more than a few memorable experiences after leaving England they found themselves on a 44 hour journey from Don Dhet back to Vietnam's capital.
As well as writing for Travelfish, Sarah runs a design and branding company called Crunchy Frog with her partner and does a bit of English teaching for pocket (massage) money. She also sits on the Community Aid Committee of Hanoi's International Women's Club, helping to distribute funds to local charitable organisations, and spends her free time either indulging her love of food and drink or frenetically exercising to compensate.
Posts by Sarah Turner:
Three exhibitions — and a German film screening — caught my eye this week and might be of interest to art lovers visiting Hanoi. The first is simply entitled “Love” and is being held until February 12. It features works by Nguyen Quang Huy, primarily portraits but also landscapes, a video and neon sculptures. All explore … read the full post
Pho – the staple of Vietnam – is available all day and, for my post-drinking eating pleasure, all night. A quick resume: steaming fragrant broth, thick rice noodles, beef or chicken. Simple and tasty as that. It’s not a tricky dish to eat but, for those of you who have as yet been unwilling to venture into the unknown … read the full post
West Lake is my favourite spot in Hanoi, yet is often overlooked by visitors to the city. When we visited in 2009, we took cyclos from Hanoi’s Old Quarter out to Quan Thanh temple then walked along Duong Thanh Nien, the road that runs between West Lake and Truc Bach, and I fell in love. Just that … read the full post
It’s really cheap and easy to get a Vietnamese SIM card when you get to Hanoi, and if you’re in the country for a while it’s probably worthwhile, particularly if you plan to book hotels in advance. I was fortunate enough to inherit a Mobifone card from some girls we were travelling with in 2009 … read the full post
While pho is probably the first food everyone thinks of, or hears about, when they come to Vietnam, bún chả is a northern speciality and arguably one of the tastiest things in the world. Yes, I am a big fan. It’s impossible to resist: as you walk past a stall the smell of barbecuing pork … read the full post
What better way to start a travel blog about Hanoi than by helping you get here in the first place! Getting from the airport into town gets bad press but I’ve travelled back from there three times so far and arranged pick-ups for friends and it’s always worked out OK. If you know what’s what and … read the full post